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The Legend Of Thorir The Hound And The Miraculous Healing Of His Bloodied Hand

A chieftain named Thorir the Hound (or Tore Hund) held great influence in the northernmost stretches, known as Halogaland, of the Norwegian countryside during...

The Tale Of King Cunincpert’s Body-Double Victory Over Duke Alahis At Bergamo

King Cunincpert became the ruler of the Lombards in Italy around 688 after succeeding his father, King Perctarit (r. 671-688). Upon Cunincpert’s ascendance to...

Niccolo Machiavelli

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Dogling Kings Of Denmark

“Doglings” was one amusing way (at least to the ears of English speakers) by which Danish royals were sometimes referred to by medieval writers....

The Odd Ejection Of Duke Faroald II Of Spoleto

Duke Faroald II was a fairly autonomous Lombard duke of Spoleto from around 703 until 724. He lived during a prosperous, but tumultuous, time...

The Valkyrie, Painted By Peter Nicolai Arbo (c. 1831-1892)

This painting, by the Norwegian artist Peter Nicolai Arbo (c. 1831-1892), was one of several artworks by Arbo that featured a being known as...

Mark Twain

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The Bizarre Alternate Myth Of A Human Golden Fleece

Ancient Greek myth and legend told of a Golden Fleece that was held by the people of Colchis, who lived along the eastern shores...

The Bronze Tripod Of Sidra

According to ancient Greek myth and legend, a certain King Triton ruled a kingdom in the Libyan Gulf of Sidra region (known to the...

The Legend Of Thorir The Hound And The Miraculous Healing Of His Bloodied Hand

A chieftain named Thorir the Hound (or Tore Hund) held great influence in the northernmost stretches, known as Halogaland, of the Norwegian countryside during...

Arrian

  Arrian (c. 90-173+) "Luck, remember, is an unpredictable thing, and against what it may bring no man has any defence." From Arrian's The Campaigns of Alexander (Book 5),...

Snorri Sturluson

Snorri Sturluson (c. 1179-1241) "These women are called valkyries. They are sent by Odin to every battle, where they choose which men are to die...

2nd Century Funerary Relief Of A Priest of The Magna Mater, Cybele

This relief, found in Lavinium (near Rome) and dated to the 2nd century, depicts a priest of the goddess, Cybele (also known as Kybele...

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) "So convenient a thing it is to be a reasonable Creature, since it enables one to find or make a Reason for...

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The Bronze Tripod Of Sidra

According to ancient Greek myth and legend, a certain King Triton ruled a kingdom in the Libyan Gulf of Sidra region (known to the...

Agamemnon Returns Briseis To Achilles’ Tent, By Friedrich Heinrich Füger (c. 1751 – 1818)

This painting, by Friedrich Heinrich Füger (c. 1751 – 1818), depicts the end of a bitter feud between the ancient Greek hero, Achilles, and...

Democritus Among The Abderitans, Painted By François-André Vincent (c. 1746-1816)

This painting, by the French artist François-André Vincent (c. 1746-1816), strives to depict a scene of the ancient Greek philosopher, Democritus (c. 460-370 BCE),...

The Murder Of Larcius Macedo

Around the turn of the 1st and 2nd centuries, a curious figure named Larcius Macedo was living a rags to riches story in ancient...

The Bullish Origin Myth For The Name “Italy”

During Heracles’ famous labors for King Eurystheus of Tiryns (a Mycenean stronghold city), one of the quests given to Heracles was for the hero...

Virgil Reading The Aeneid To The Family Of Augustus, By Vincenzo Camuccini (c. 1771-1844)

This painting, by the Italian artist Vincenzo Camuccini (c. 1771-1844), depicts the ancient Roman poet, Virgil (c. 70-19 BCE), reading sections of his epic...

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (c. 1564 – 1616) "The course of true love never did run smooth" From William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Act I,...

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (c. 1564 – 1616) "To say the truth, reason and love keep little company together nowadays; the more the pity, that some...

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (c. 1564 - 1616) "Things base and vile, holding no quantity, Love can transpose to form and dignity. Love looks not with the eyes,...
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The Bizarre Alternate Myth Of A Human Golden Fleece

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This painting, created in the workshop of Peter Paul Rubens (c. 1577 - 1640), was inspired by the history and folklore of the ancient...

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The Myth Of Medea Being Criminally Cleared For Killing A King And Princess Of Corinth

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This drawing, by the Swedish artist Johan Tobias Sergel (c. 1740-1814), re-creates the dramatic argument that occurred between King Agamemnon and Achilles in the...

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